Arabia CSR Network conducts Arabic and English trainings on Sustainability Reporting
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Monday, May 30th 2016 [ME NewsWire]
The UAE-based think tank and training centre delivered a set of trainings on the globally leading framework for Sustainability Reporting. Sustainability Reporting is increasingly becoming popular and the majority of the world’s largest companies practice some form of non-financial reporting to their advantage. The framework called GRI has been developed by Global Reporting Initiative and later this year it will become a full-fledged standard. Arabia CSR Network is a Certified Training Partner of GRI and delivers GRI developed certified content to the local market since 2011. It is currently the only partner to offer the training in Arabic. So far the Network has 29 GRI trainings to its credit and has successfully trained 252 professionals. 84 G4 reports have been published from organisations based in the Middle East; which reflects the steady growth of sustainability reporting in the Arab Region.
The first of the trainings was in English, followed by one in Arabic. Each training was conducted over three days and combined lectures, discussions and exercises. Participants got the opportunity to clarify doubts about CSR and sustainability, get practice tips, hone their skills and be prepared to initiate or improve reporting of environmental and social issues within their annual reporting. Delegates came from various countries in the Region ie, KSA, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Egypt and they included professionals and leaders from business, academia and government.
The courses provided a detailed overview of the GRI reporting guidelines and reporting process, including the various stages and key activities related to the process. Incidentally, the GRI reporting process is geared to revealing an organisation’s impacts on society and the environment, and where the impacts emanate from, - within or beyond the organisation (supply chain, distribution networks). It is focused on the concept of ‘Materiality’ in order to allow reports to cover only the most critical impacts of the organisation and how the organisation deals with the impacts. In this way the report serves as a great tool to communicate an organisation’s performance in social areas and helps in building credibility and reputation.
The training lead trainer and President & CEO of the Network Habiba Al Marashi said, “Organisations have gained tremendous insights into sustainability principles and good practices from these trainings, and have been able to design much better aligned sustainability strategies.”
About the Arabia CSR Network: The Arabia CSR Network is a professional multi stakeholder organization established in the UAE in 2004. It facilitates networking, learning and sharing experiences and knowledge in matters of CSR. The Arabia CSR Network promotes, encourages and recognizes responsible business practices through a bunch of services and offerings, including trainings, research and best practice, advisory services, third party assurance and a Pan-Arab acclaimed award initiative known as the Arabia CSR Awards. For more information, please visit www.arabiacsrnetwork.com.
Arabia CSR Network
Pegah Keshavarz, +9714-3448-120